Empty widget area

Widget area should be empty. No one likes to delete it at start, everyone knows widgets as well, so example is not needed. Optionally search widget could be saved.

Read-only archive: https://petitions.classicpress.net/posts/144/empty-widget-area

Author: Dominiq

Vote count: 9

Status: open


This petition is not for core. Widget areas are specific to themes. So there is nothing actionable here. I suggest closure.

For a theme, it is actually very difficult to make default widgets. I’ve tried! (without calling the function that is called when the user chooses a widget)
The theme can check whether the widget area is empty and choose what to do in that case. Many choose to put a search widget. I’ve asked many a theme author to hide their sidebar when it’s empty, and to state in its description what happens when it’s empty.


As stated above, not something the core can do.